Queer Theory Reading List


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Queer and Genderqueer Literature

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A living list of queer scholarship...

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “To(o) Queer the Writer—Loca, escritor y chicana,”  in AnaLouise Keating, The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader, 163-175.

Anzaldua, Gloria. "La conciencia de la mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness."

Berlant, Laura. The Queen of America Goes to Washington City.

Bornstein, Kate and S. Bear Bergman. Gender Outlaws, The Next Generation.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble and Excitable Speech.

Califia, Pat. “Trashing the Clinic and Burning Down the Beauty Parlor: Activism Transmutes Pitiable Patients into Feisty Gender Radicals”

Christian, Barbara. “The Race for Theory,” Cultural Critique 6 (Spring 1987): 51-63.

Clare, Eli. Exile and Pride.

Cohen, Cathy. “Punks, Bulldagers, and Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics,”GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies vol. 3., no. 4 (1997): 437-465.

Cvetkovitch, Ann. An Archive of Feeling: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures

Cruz, Ariane. The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography.

Delany, Samuel. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. 

Driskill, Qwo-Li, Daniel Heath Justice, and Deborah Miranda, eds. Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature.

Duggan, Lisa. "Queering the State."

Fawaz, Ramzi. The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics

Ferguson, Roderick. Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique.

Fung, Richard. “Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn,” How Do I Look? Queer Film (145-61).

Gaines, Malik. Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left.

Gopinath, Gayatri. Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures.

Halberstam, J. Jack. Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal.

Halberstam, J. Jack. In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives

Halberstam, J. Jack. The Queer Art of Failure.

Halperin, David M. "Is There a History of Sexuality?"

Hames-García, Michael. “Queer Theory Revisited,” in Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader.

Hammonds, Evelynn. “Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality,” differences 6.2+3 (1994): 126-145.

Herring, Scott. Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism.

Heyes, Cressida. “Feminist Solidarity after Queer Theory: The Case of Transgender.”

Holland,  Sharon The Erotic Life of Racism.

Johnson, Patrick. “‘Quare’ Studies, or (Almost) Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned from My Grandmother", Text and Performance Quarterly Vol. 21 Issue 1(January 2001), 1-25.

Lee, Rachel C. The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies.

Lim, Eng-Beng. Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias.

Lorde, Audre. “I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing across Sexualities,” in Lorde, A Burst of Light: Essays (Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1988): 19-26.

Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches.

Manalansan IV, Martin F.  Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora.

McCruer, Robert. "Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence."

McCruer, Robert. Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability.

McKay, Corina. "Is Sex Work Queer?"

McMillan, Uri. Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance. 

Meyerowitz, Joanne. "Sex Change and the Popular Press: Historical Notes on Transsexuality in the United States, 1930-1955

Muñoz, José. “Feeling Brown, Feeling Down: Latina Affect, The Performativity of Race, and the Depressive Position,” Signs Vol. 31, No. 3, (Spring 2006), pp. 675-688.

Muñoz, José and Lisa Duggan, “Hope and Hopelessness: A Dialogue,” Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Vol. 19, No. 2, July 2009, pp. 275-283.

Muñoz, José. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity.

Muñoz, José.  Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics.

Musser, Amber.Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism.

Namaste, Vivian K. Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transexual and Transgendered People.

Nash, Jennifer. The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography.

Nestle, Joan, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins, eds. GENDERqUEER: voices from beyond the sexual binary.

Nguyen, Hoang Tan. A View From the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation.

Pérez, Hiram.  A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire.

Quiroga, José A. Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America.

Reddy, Chandan. Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State.

Reid-Pharr, Robert F. Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique.

Rich, Adrienn. "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence."

Rodríguez, Juana María. Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces.

Rodríguez, Juana María. Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings.

Rubin, Gayle. "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality

Scott, Darieck. Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. The Epistemology of the Closet.

Serrano, Julia. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.

Snorton, Riley. Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low.

Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line: Race and the Intervention of Homosexuality in American Culture.  

Spade, Dean. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law

Stanley, Eric A. and Nat Smith, eds. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex.

Stockton, Kathryn Bond. Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where "Black" Meets "Queer."

Stone, Sandy. "The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto."

Stryker, Susan. Transgender History.

Sycamore, Matt Bernstein (Mattilda), ed. Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity.

Tongson, Karen. Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries.

Vaid, Urvashi. Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.